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Any good bakeries or chocolate places in Baltimore?

I will be visiting Baltimore and would appreciate tips on any exceptional bakeries or chocolate places.

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  1. old-school Italian there's always Vaccaro's. they tried branching but the others were never as good as the home store. but it's nothing adventurous, just good traditional cannoli, amaretti cookies etc.

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    1. re: hill food

      I think Piedigrotta (also in Little Italy) smears Vaccaro's into the dust. The owner actually has a credible claim to being the inventor of tiramisu, and overall it's just much higher quality than Vaccaro's.

      1. re: JonParker

        Thanks. It looks very good. I will have to try it!

        1. re: JonParker

          I like Piedigrotta's pastries, but I have to say, they served me the most ridiculous piece of pizza on my last visit. Their list of specials included "asparagus" as a topping. I expected a nice thin pizza with some grilled thin asparagus on top. What I got was this really doughy rectangle with CANNED asparagus lined up on it. Just awful.

          1. re: Bob W

            I agree that pizza (and even sandwiches/panini) are weak points. The pastries are first-rate, and the hot foods (antipasti, pastas, etc.) are excellent. Btw, they will serve dinner if you arrange in advance, and it's BYOB.

        2. re: hill food

          If you're interested, here's a link to the owner's claim to have invented tiramisu. Its a pretty fascinating read. And his bakery is really good.

          http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/...

          1. re: JonParker

            well dang, one for the list next time I'm in town.

        3. Kirchmayr Chocolate

          http://fineeuropeanchocolate.com/

          and

          The Velvet Chocolatier

          http://www.thevelvetchocolatier.com/

          Both make outstanding chocolates. The Velevet Chocolatier is Kosher and makes a killer liquid-caramel-filled chocolate cup.

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          1. re: Vidute

            I had no idea about the Velvet Chocolatier and will check it out. Is this in Stevenson Village?

            1. re: lawhound

              Yes. Lots of frees samples to try, too....

            2. re: Vidute

              I've never tried VC, but Kirchmayr is excellent.

              1. re: Vidute

                Velvet Chocalatier is awesome. Her milk chocolate caramel cup with sea salt is amazing (and I don't even have a sweet tooth).

              2. Patisserie Poupon for French breads, pastries, cakes.

                1. In looking up Velvet Chocolatier as described by Vidute below, I ran across several positive references to Cacao Lorenzo in Lutherville. Anyone tried their chocolates?

                  1. Rhebs Candy on Wilkins Avenue near Pigtown is a classic Baltimore tradition. It's crosstown competitor, Wockenfuss (multiple locations), is good, too. Goldman's Kosher Bakery in Pikesville has excellent challah & rye bread and really good babka and coffee strips.

                    1. I've only picked up pastries to bring to work, but I've heard good things about Bonaparte Bread in Fells' Point.

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